Sign up for a free Courant newsletter for a chance to win $100 P.C. Richard gift card

Tyler Moore

Disney buys much of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in deal that will reshape Hollywood

Disney buys much of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in deal that will reshape Hollywood

Walt Disney Co. has finalized a $52.4-billion deal to buy much of Rupert Murdoch’s entertainment empire, a blockbuster union that would radically transform Hollywood into a land of fewer giants.

The stock deal, which Disney announced Thursday morning, represents Disney’s boldest acquisition yet. If regulators approve it, the Burbank behemoth would take over the prolific 20th Century Fox movie and television studio, Fox’s 22 regional sports channels, cable entertainment brands FX and National Geographic, and Fox’s portfolio of international operations, including a fast-growing pay-TV service in India.

The proposed purchase of much of Murdoch’s 21 Century Fox media company...

27°